Sir Apfelot Blog

14 April 2022
finder tricks

Mac trick in save dialog window allows keyboard shortcuts and path input

Anyone who already works diligently with keyboard shortcuts on the Mac will be enthusiastic about the following tip. The iOS developer Zach Waugh revealed this on Twitter and apparently only discovered it himself. I just discovered […]
2 April 2022
What is Finder on Mac?

What is the Finder app on Mac?

Anyone who works with the Mac will sooner or later be confronted with the term "Finder". But what exactly is this finder on Mac and how to use the app? To clarify this, the content of this [...]
3 February 2022
Mac Finder - Expanding Folders

Mac: enable and disable expanding folders in Finder

Today a reader asked me if the pop-up folders you get on Mac when you drag and drop files over a folder disappeared in a recent macOS update. With him are […]
13 February 2021
App does not remember window size and position

Mac Tip: When apps don't remember the size and position of their windows

It rarely happens, but when you have an app that has window amnesia it can drive you crazy. Again and again you have to change the window sizes [...] after starting the program.
8 October 2020

Mac problem: files do not appear in Finder

The Finder on macOS is there to locate and display files, folders and programs on the Mac hard drive. But sometimes not all of the content is displayed. If folders seem to have disappeared or just saved / [...]
12 September 2020
Macintosh HD icon not on desktop

Reader's question: Macintosh HD icon can no longer be found on the desktop

I am in close contact with my reader Josef, because his two Macs and the combination of router (Fritz! Box) and two printers sometimes don't work the way he wants. Now he has at an older [...]
9 May 2020
Show status bar with icon slider

[Readers question] Mac: Slider for icon size in the Finder window is gone

I just received a question from a reader who, after updating to macOS Catalina, is struggling with an attitude that has changed itself. Before the update to Catalina there was at the bottom of the Finder window [...]
6 December 2019

Factory data reset iPhone

Factory resetting your iPhone may be necessary if you want to sell or give it away - or if a bug can be fixed with it. But what steps have to be taken to get the Apple smartphone back [...]
13 August 2019
Convert .app to .dmg

Instructions: Create a .dmg from an .app file on the Mac

This is again a manual that I just had to collect myself in an English forum. The reason why I want to turn an .app into a .dmg file is as follows: If you try a macOS [...]
7 August 2019
DriveDx hard drive monitoring

DriveDx: View hard drive health on the Mac in detail

Only recently I came across the small tool "DriveDx" through a report in the English Macworld (here the download link). With this Mac app, internal and external hard drives can be monitored by the SMART status (Wiki) [...]